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Hurfeish (Israel)

Mo'atza Mekomit Hurfeish, Majles Makhaly Hurfeish, Local Council of Hurfeish

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[Local Council of Hurafesh (Israel)]
image by Dov Gutterman | 2:3
Emblem adopted 19th September 1969

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Local Council Hurfeish (pronounced Khur'feish) is situated on Road 89 east of Ma'alot-Tarshiha in the Galilee. Founded abour 400 years ago and a Local Council since 1967. Pop. 4,500, 96% of them Druze.
During my visit I spotted the unofficial municipal flag, white with the emblem in natural colours with inscription in Hebrew below it. I found no adequate image of the emblem so I drew it myself. The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot, Yalkut HaPirsumim), YP 1533, 19 September 1969.
Source: author's own observation, 18 September 2001.
Dov Gutterman
, 26 September 2001

Hurafeish is situated in the heart of the Galilee Mountains on the sloops of Mount Meron ridge. The site is known from the Byzantine era and the current village exists about 500 years. This beautiful village is quite far from any major city and therefore less commercial and more authentic Druze village. The origin of the name is unknown. There is an assumption that it maybe connected to the Emirs family of Al-Khrafsha that were settled there.
Near the village there is the Druze's sacred grave of Nabi Sabalan (The Prophet Zevulun).
Two weeks ago I visited the village and saw only remains of flags after shrouded in the winter.
Even in the photo of the city hall at
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Dov Gutterman, 20 April 2005